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Cordell & Cordell Opens New Office In Fort Collins, Colo.

Cordell & Cordell recently opened a new office in Fort Collins, Colo., marking the firm’s sixth new office in 2019.

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Free Denver Divorce Seminar Thur., Oct. 3

8-29-13 300x250 ASA-CPA DEN NEWDivorce brings financial challenges for everyone. But it’s especially challenging for primary earners, such as business owners and professionals, who must commonly contend with claims for their spouse’s support.

The American Society of Attorney-CPAs is presenting a complimentary seminar sponsored by Cordell & Cordell for business owners and professionals facing divorce. The “Getting Divorced Without Going Broke” seminar will be held Thursday, October 3, at 6 pm at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center hotel.

Dually-licensed attorney-CPAs will give practical tips on weathering the storm with as little cost and conflict as possible.

Don’t let divorce take away what you have worked so hard to achieve. Attend this complimentary seminar on Thursday, October 3, at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center hotel.

Register by calling 1-855-ATNY-CPA or online at

Mom flees with children violating visitation plan

A Michigan father is waiting nervously after the mother of his children has reportedly fled with their 11-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter, according to WOOD News.

Wendi Carpenter of Holland, Michigan, was supposed to return the children to their father at the Holland Department of Public Safety building after a scheduled visitation during the summer. The agency was asked to help with the exchange of the children.

The news source reports that the woman is believed to have fled the state with the children, Luke and Cambria. Authorities were looking for them in a 2006 Toyota Highlander, but that vehicle was recovered in western Missouri where Carpenter has a family member living. A nationwide warrant has been issued by the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s office for custodial interference.

The father has custody of the children in Colorado, the Holland Sentinel reports.

Holland Police spokesman Captain Bob Buursma told the publication that law enforcement officials do not have any information that would lead them to believe that the children are in great danger, and Carpenter’s motivations are not known.

Woman arrested for framing ex for child custody

A Colorado woman will be sentenced next month for attempting to set up her ex-boyfriend to be arrested for violating a restraining order so she could would benefit in their ongoing child custody dispute, according to the Greeley Tribune.

Amanda Clinesmith, 21, pleaded guilty to attempting to influence a public official. Clinesmith reportedly called Greeley police late on the night of May 28 to complain that her former boyfriend, Travis Ehrlick, came to her house and threatened to shoot her. The newspaper said she told police he had come over at noon the day before to see their two children but she would not let him see his kids.

In addition, Clinesmith reportedly told police Ehrlick was drunk, had never tried to enter the house and simply left when their argument was over. Police reportedly questioned the validity of her story, and reached out to Ehrlick, who had actually been working until 2:10 a.m. on the day of the alleged altercation.

Authorities went to Clinesmith’s home on two occasions for a second interview but she did not answer the door, according to the source. She was arrested on June 2.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in spring 2008 an estimated 13.7 million parents had custody of about 21.8 million children under 21 years of age while the other parent lived somewhere else.

Colorado program brings dads and kids together

Federal funding has allowed Colorado’s child welfare agencies to connect fathers with their estranged children through a new government program, according to the Denver Post.

The state started the Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative after receiving $10 million in federal funding. The program aims to boost fatherhood programs across the state and even provides parenting classes, therapy and employment guidance fathers who may have been barred from seeing their child because they were unable to afford child support payments, the newspaper reports.

“This grant has been very successful in creating that paradigm shift, to educate the providers of these services to always ask, ‘Where’s the father?’ Don’t just assume the father is out of the picture,” Dan Welch, a member of the department of human services, told the paper.

The program has allowed Richard Jama, a Liberian immigrant, to connect with his daughter. Although he had been paying child support, he discovered his daughter was living with foster parents after she was abused by her mother’s boyfriend, a development social workers never informed him of. The news source said when Jama confronted officials at the child support registry office they directed him to a fatherhood program.

After Jama completed the program he gained full custody of his daughter, who is now 6.

Child custody issues similar to Jama’s case regularly occur across the country. A Nebraska man recently sued the state after it took officials more than eight months to tell him his daughter was in foster care, despite the fact that he paid child support.